Pat Bradley

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Former Gov. Jim Douglas
Pat Bradley

Former Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas, a Republican who now teaches political science at Middlebury College, discussed the stunning results of the presidential race Tuesday night in Burlington.

Picture of Bernie Sanders
Bernie 2016

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders voted Tuesday in his hometown of Burlington, Vermont.

Democrat Sue Minter (left) and Republican Phil Scott
Candidates' Facebook pages

Could a former major league pitcher and third-party candidate for Vermont governor force the Legislature to choose the state’s next governor?  Today’s race between the Republican and Democrat is so close that some wonder if either can obtain the required 50 percent for a clear win.

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant
Courtesy NRC and Entergy Corp.

Entergy Nuclear announced this morning it has reached a deal to sell the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Vernon, which closed in 2014, to a company that specializes in decommissioning industrial and nuclear plants.

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

Hunters participating in Vermont's 16-day rifle season are being asked to report their results in order to help biologists.

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Voters in Huntington, Vermont, are being asked to approve a school bond issue of up to $1.26 million for a geothermal heating and cooling system for the town's elementary school.

Democrat Sue Minter (left) and Republican Phil Scott
Candidates' Facebook pages

Vermont's two top gubernatorial candidates were crisscrossing the state on the final day of the campaign and they have different messages about the economy.

Democrat Billy Jones (left) and Republican Kevin Mulverhill
Candidates' Facebook pages

In May, New York state Assemblywoman Janet Duprey announced that she would retire from the 115th district seat.  The two individuals seeking to replace her in the multi-county district are from Franklin County.

Trump-Pence signs at 435 Essex Road in Williston, VT
Vermont State Police

Vermont State Police have cited an individual for repeatedly vandalizing Trump-Pence political signs.

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BTV Ignite

The city of Burlington is showcasing its technology sector this week.  It’s a concerted effort to update the region’s image and call attention to Burlington’s position as one of the top 100 locations in the nation for tech business startups.

Champlain College "Flight" At Burlington International Airport
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There are two new interactive displays at the Burlington International Airport.  Designed and installed by students at Champlain College the intent is to showcase the city’s growing tech sector.

Phil Scott
Candidate's Facebook page

Phil Scott served five terms in the Vermont Senate before being elected Lieutenant Governor in 2010.  The Republican is now seeking the state’s top office. The businessman and race car driver has been campaigning for a year. When his campaign began, some thought his popularity combined with the state’s tradition of flipping parties when an incumbent governor leaves office provided Scott with the overwhelming advantage.  Instead, he faced a primary and a strong challenge from Democrats.  Now, as Election Day looms, Scott says the goal of his campaign is making Vermont more affordable.

Two years ago, voters in New York’s 21st district elected the youngest woman to Congress in history. It was a three-way race between neophytes.  Now the Republican incumbent is once again in a three-way race, facing one of her former opponents.

Patrick Leahy (left) and Scott Milne
Candidates' Facebook pages

Vermont’s Patrick Leahy is the most senior member of the U.S. Senate. First elected in 1974 he was the first Democrat the state ever sent to the Senate. Now seeking his 8th term Leahy is being challenged by a Republican who has never held elective office and three minor party candidates.

A venerable old elm tree that's believed to be the largest of its kind in New England has succumbed to Dutch elm disease.

wind turbines
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Vermont state officials have issued new energy planning standards that invite regional and town planners to say whether they're willing to welcome large-scale wind energy projects. But 'No' is not an acceptable answer.

Max Weinberg
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Max Weinberg, the drummer for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, has bought a vacant lakefront lot with mountain views in New York's Adirondacks.

Regional Economic Development Council
Regional Economic Development Council website

New York’s 10 Regional Economic Development Councils are presenting their 2016 proposals to the Strategic Implementation Assessment Team this week.  It’s the first part of the process that will lead to $750 million in development grants being awarded across the state.

Colin Read (left) and James Calnon
Candidates' Facebook pages

With Election Day less than a week away, we take a look at the two candidates for mayor of Plattsburgh. While the candidates’ styles are different, both are focused on the city’s fiscal stability.

U.S. and Canadian flags
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New dairy import policies being considered by Canada has prompted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to write the Canadian premier highlighting the negative impact on both countries if Canada implements a National Ingredient Strategy.

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Voters are running out of time to register if they want to cast their ballots in the upcoming general election. Some voters are already out of time.

A Vermont city that came to symbolize the struggle against heroin in rural America is taking another step toward recovery.

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Vermont Republican gubernatorial nominee Phil Scott calls women's reproductive rights a wedge issue, and some PAC ads are now trying to use the issue against him.

Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen
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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and state Health Commissioner Harry Chen recently announced proposed changes to the Health Department’s rules that would severely restrict the prescribing of opioids for pain. Much of the outgoing governor’s tenure has been devoted to countering the heroin and opioid crisis.

Colin Read (left) and James Calnon
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Less than two weeks before Election Day, the candidates for mayor of Plattsburgh debated Wednesday night.

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger and environmental leaders urge passage of ballot questions
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There are six questions on the city of Burlington’s ballot in November.  Mayor Miro Weinberger and key environmentalists met recently to urge voters to pass four of the questions related to the development proposal for the downtown core.

Kate Collignon presents DRI report to local planning committee
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The Local Planning Committee coordinating the strategy for Plattsburgh’s $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative Grant heard an update from the state’s consulting team earlier this week.

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Mountain Lake PBS

The final debate between the three candidates in New York’s 21st Congressional district was taped Monday at Mountain Lake PBS in Plattsburgh.

Norsk Titanium CEO Warren Boley speaks at Chamber luncheon
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Plattsburgh has been chosen to host the world’s first industrial scale high-technology manufacturing plant for titanium aerospace components.  The head of Norsk Titanium met with business leaders from the region Monday to talk about the state-of-the-art technology and the $1 billion investment in a new manufacturing plant and training facility at the old Clinton County Airport.

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Burlington School District

The Burlington School superintendent is urging the school board to review the conduct of one of its members after Facebook posts that the superintendent says are "sexist, racist and ethnocentric."